Facelift: FAQ

What is a facelift?

A facelift, technically known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure which involves the removal of sagging skin and excess fat, as well as the tightening of neck muscles, in order to improve the most visible signs of age which may occur in the lower two-thirds of the face.

Who is a good candidate for a facelift?

Good candidates for facelifts include physically healthy men and women who are realistic in their expectations and interested in reducing the appearance of sagging face and neck skin. Patients with well-defined bone structure and skin which still retains some elasticity often receive the best results.

Is there anything that a facelift cannot fix?

A traditional facelift treats the lower two-thirds of the face, including the cheeks, jowls and neck. It will not improve areas of the upper face such as the brow or eye area, which are better treated with a browlift, or wrinkles around the mouth.

Are there any age restrictions to who can undergo a facelift?

Though the majority of patients are in their forties to sixties, a facelift can be performed at any age.

Where does the facelift procedure take place?

Facelifts may be performed in a surgeon’s office-based facility, in an outpatient surgical center or in a hospital.

What type of anesthesia is used during facelift surgery?

Local anesthesia combined with sedation is commonly used during facelift surgery, though general anesthesia can be used instead.

How long does the facelift procedure take?

Facelifts generally require several hours to complete, though more extensive procedures may take longer and may even require multiple sessions.

Are there scars after a facelift?

The incisions for a facelift tend to be hidden behind the ears and in the natural creases of the skin, often healing as thin thread-like lines that are well camouflaged.

Is the procedure painful?

Though most patients only experience mild pain or discomfort, pain medication will be prescribed to help control any discomfort that you do experience.

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